1st Impressions: Waiting Room Consoles

Are you lucky enough to have a waiting room for your private practice?

Even if your waiting room is a small alcove, a pint-size vestibule, or a foyer the size of a phone booth, you can still take the decor of your private practice to the next level in 2013!

This "1st Impressions" Post Is Inspired by Designer David Hicks

Get Rid of the unorganized cluster of business cards sitting on your waiting room table. If your private practice includes office-mates who insist on displaying their business cards on the entrance table - fine. Then consider a space-saving narrow tray for the designated business cards.

Interior Designer Rachel Reider 

Atmosphere Interior Design

Consider a simple Parson-style console table

While this may sound intimidating, don't hesitate to consider hanging an over-sized mirror in your transition space. Although it might sound counter-intuitive, the reflections can make your transition area appear larger.

Consider placing a see-thru table in front of a mirror or over-sized picture. This will add dimension as well as, allow light to flow.
Designer Colleen McGill

Tiffany Eastman Interior Design

Mirrored Perfection for a Small Transition Space

Kate Collins Interiors
An IKEA Hack Made from 3 Shelves (

Vanessa De Vargas Designs

* The Importance of Proper Seating
* The Moodiness of Color and Art
* Accessories 

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1st Impressions: Your Waiting Room

Because the waiting room is an integral ingredient for how our clients transition into our private practice offices, this entire week will be dedicated to a specific series of posts.

You can look forward to a 3-part series of various ninja tips on how you might boost your waiting room intelligent quotient. Yep, that's right – your waiting room IQ. No – there will NOT be a quiz at the end.

The goal of this week's 3-part series is to provide elements of d├ęcor inspirations that will not only create a smooth visual and stress-free transition for your clients but also reinforce a sense of safety and comfort.

Hopefully however, this week's series will serve as a muse for you to incorporate client-comfort seating strategies that will appeal to your desired demographic and niche.
Take your client from potentially feeling like just a number, to someone special.

Remember it's about taking your private practice to the next level.

Continue to practice with style,


Have A Seat In Style: Helen Amy Murray Designs

Today's post is inspired by London-based Helen Amy Murray.

Is she an artist, a designer, textile illusionist or what? I consider her a sculptor of thrones.

Traditionally, we're use to seeing leather seating manipulated into its  most generic tufted and pinched forms. Not Helen Amy Murray. She seamlessly marries the ritual of classic seating with the subtle whimsy of sculpting leather into floral shapes. Geez, who thinks this way? Take a bow Helen Amy Murray.


Give Some TLC To Your TLC

TIP: GIve your TLC some TLC. Don't let your tiny little counseling office give you the blues. If you don't have enough space for the traditional sofa-seat combination, consider two chairs. Make certain they're both suited for comfort

If you have two visually distracting (aka old and ugly) chairs, think about getting them covered with a washable fabric. Believe it or not, pre-shrunk (I can never say that correctly) denim is a breeze. These types of slip covers can be slipped off on Friday; washed, aired-dried and slipped back, on before your 1st session that Monday. Try and pass on this simple tip.

This post is inspired by Beth Webb of Beth Webb Interiors.

Swivel With Style

       TIP:  Consider replacing your worn or torn swivel office chair with one that is consistent with your upscale office decor.